Ingrid Marie Rivera was named Miss Puerto Rico. She had to overcome a poisoned dress in order to capture the crown. Impressive.

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Police have reversed their position on Ingrid Marie Rivera faster than celebrity gossip followers have reversed their stance on how sweet and innocent Jamie Lynn Spears is.

Authorities now believe Miss Puerto Rico was actually poisoned by pepper spray during the beauty contest; they even suspect a pageant volunteer.

"Miss Puerto Rico Universe was speaking the truth," said San Juan police spokesman Lt. Eddie Hernandez. "She was being sincere about the allegations."

Initially, Rivera's claims that someone had pepper-sprayed her black gown and bathing suit during the competition were met with some skepticism; cops announced earlier this month that an initial investigation found no traces of the spray.

But after conducting interviews, police now believe a perpetrator did spray the dress. They haven't identified the suspect or the motive, while the DA has not decided whether or not to file charges.

The Dutch, meanwhile, have not changed their take on Alizee Poulicek.

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.
- Colin Powell

As the Ingrid Marie Rivera picture below proves, this contestant took the words of the former Secretary of State to heart.

During the Miss Puerto Rico pageant a couple weeks ago, Rivera mentally rattled off her winning checklist. The last item appears to have helped the most, as Ingrid Marie Rivera earned the crown... along with the suspicion of police who think she pretended to be poisoned in order to garner the sympathy vote.

If the lovely Ingrid Marie Rivera has taught the next generation of aspiring beauty queens anything, it's that pretending to be maced never hurts your chances.

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Ingrid Marie Rivera has more explaining to do than Brad Womack.

The winner of this year's Miss Puerto Rico crown - who claimed that someone pepper sprayed her attire during the competition - is in trouble with authorities:

They've investigated her allegations and have found no traces of the substance in her belongings, People magazine reports.

"I guess she has a lot of explaining to do," police spokesman Stephen Alvarez said after investigations by Puerto Rico's Forensic Sciences Institute turned up no capsicum, the prime ingredient in pepper spray.

Due to these findings, police superintendent Pedro Toledo told reporters the investigation will now shift and focus on whether anybody involved provided false statements to police officers, which would be classified as a felony offense.

We'll keep you updated as this story develops. Sort of makes the Tila Tequila / bisexual controversy seem far less pressing, doesn't it? But not less sexy.

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Might the pepper spray used in the Ingrid Marie Rivera case be as real as the boobs on Heidi Montag?

NBC News reports that police are now said to be investigating just how Miss Puerto Rico was able to stop crying between camera appearances at Saturday's pageant, if her gown and makeup had been sabotaged with the spray, as she claims.

Should we check the pants of Ingrid Marie Rivera? Might they be on fire?

The questions about Rivera prompted Today show host Meredith Vieira to inquire on yesterday's broadcast whether or not crime-scene investigators believe the pepper-spray claim may have been imaginary.

Vieira asked reporter Kerry Sanders if authorities were now unsure about Rivera's assertions of being poisoned. She replied: "They're looking into it. They're curious."

Rivera remained sure of herself - and her story - in front of reporters at a Sunday news conference, saying: "It was a lot of sacrifice, and my tears were genuine.

"At one point, I asked, 'Am I a masochist?' But I said regardless of the results, this is my goal. The more rocks there are in my path, the more thanks I will give to God for sustaining me."

It's all rather intriguing. Sort of makes the Amy Polumbo beauty pageant scandal seem innocuous by comparison.

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Another month, another beauty pageant scandal.

Unlike anything involving Tara Conner or Katie Rees, however, the latest has nothing to do with hot young women getting drunk and naked. Sorry, guys.

Over the weekend, Ingrid Marie Rivera overcame 29 rivals to become the Puerto Rico's 2008 Miss Universe contestant... despite applying makeup and wearing evening gowns that had been coated with pepper spray, according to pageant spokesman Harold Rosario.

While Rivera was composed while appearing before cameras and judges throughout the competition, she had to strip off her clothes and apply ice bags to her face and body - which swelled and broke out in hives twice - any time she went backstage.

"We thought at first it was an allergic reaction, or maybe nerves," Rosario said.

"But the second time, we knew it couldn't have been a coincidence."

Later, Rivera's clothing and makeup tested positive for pepper spray. Also, someone stole Rivera's bag containing her gowns, makeup and credit cards.

We wonder if Simon Monjack is a suspect.

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